Located in the heart of Coney Island, the Charles F. Murphy Early Childhood Development Center is Catholic Charities’ new Head Start Center – providing Pre-K education for 65 local children and replacing a childhood development center facility that was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. The building serves as a symbol of neighborhood revitalization. Elevated above the flood plain, resiliency, sustainability, and active design inform the design of the building. Stepped roofs allow for outdoor gardens, learning spaces, and play areas for each age group. The Center fosters the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of preschoolers in a safe environment guided by the philosophy of the Montessori approach to early childhood education.